The meeting of the Governing Body and General Body of the Dr. Ambedkar Foundation (DAF), an autonomous organization under the Department of Social Justice and Empowerment held here today under the Chairmanship of the Chairman DAF & Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot. Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Ramdas Athawale, Secretary, M/o SJ&E Smt. Latha Krishna Rao, Members of the Bodies and senior officers of the Ministry attended the meeting. A compendium on various activities organized by the Dr. Ambedkar Foundation during the Nationwide Celebration of 125th Birth Anniversary of Dr. B R Ambedkar was released during the meeting.
Dr. Ambedkar foundation was set up on 24th March, 1992, as a registered body under the aegis of the Ministry of Welfare, Government of India, at 25, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001 to promote Babasaheb’s ideals and also to administer some of the schemes which emanated from the Centenary Celebrations, such as the establishment of Dr. Ambedkar chairs in Universities and Dr. Ambedkar National Award for Social Understanding and up-liftment of Weaker Sections. Apart from other aims and objects relating to research, development and educational programmes, it had to administer the following three special schemes which emanated from the Centenary Celebrations i.e. Scheme of Dr. Ambedkar National Award; Setting up of Dr. Ambedkar Chairs in Universities; Setting up of Dr. Ambedkar International Centre, 15, Janpath New Delhi; and Setting up of Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial at 26, Alipur Road Delhi.